National leaks again

Written By: - Date published: 8:53 am, October 15th, 2018 - 107 comments
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I get the impression that within National’s ranks civil war is erupting.

The leaking is getting worse.  There have been three significant leaks this year:

  1. Newshub’s disclosure that the numbers were being done on Bill English.  Two weeks later he was gone.
  2. Newshub’s disclosure of Simon Bridges’s travel expenses.  Admittedly this should not have been such a big deal but his handling of the issue has meant that it has become very serious, possibly career threatening.
  3. And this morning Newshub’s disclosure that elements within National’s caucus wants Bridges gone and with details of poor polling and a botched electoral return which suggests that funding from the Exclusive Brethren may have been received by him.

Anyone see a pattern?

From Newshub:

As the investigation into his expenses leak nears its end, The AM Show host Duncan Garner has revealed more from within the National Party.

Garner told viewers and listeners on Monday morning internal polling by the party has Mr Bridges’ favourability rating at negative 25 percent.

“This is all nonsense,” Mr Bridges responded. “The reality is the National Party is in great shape. We’re the most popularly supported political party in New Zealand under my leadership… I feel great about what I’m doing. Every day I get up I’m positive about my job.”

Garner said over the weekend he had “contacts” within National telling him Mr Bridges had to go.

“It’s not the truth,” said Mr Bridges. “The reality is I’ve got an incredibly strong caucus that is behind [me], we’re working hard, we’re holding the Government to account… I feel like we’re doing a great job in Opposition. We’re one year in, we’re getting great hits on the Government.”

Another party insider revealed to Garner Mr Bridges’ election returns were handed in late after amendments were made. Two donations – one of $10,000, another of $14,000 – were initially recorded on Mr Bridges’ own return, but removed and placed on the National Party’s return instead.

Ha.  I have covered this sort of behaviour on the part of National in the past where it “converted” a Donghua Liu donation from a party donation to an electorate donation for Jami-Lee Ross, basically to avoid the embarrassment of having to disclose it at the time that Maurice Williamson was fired from cabinet.

Bridges says that his return was a mistake.  I presume he is correct.

But it appears there is something called Cathedral Club.  I presume this is the same thing as Cabinet Club which was National’s fundraising washing mechanism from a few years ago.  Cabinet Club’s name was presumably changed because the allegation was made that it was access to Cabinet Ministers for donations.

Again from Newshub:

The $10,000 donation came from ‘Cathedral Club’. Mr Bridges refused to talk about who that was.  According to blog posts by National-aligned pollster David Farrar and far-right blogger Cameron Slater, Cathedral Club appears to be bimonthly dinner featuring speakers from the political world. Both men imply attendees aren’t meant to reveal the details of conversations that take place at such meetings.

And the Exclusive Brethren has reappeared as a funder and supporter of National.  Again from Newshub:

The larger donation came from Cubro Ltd, which Mr Bridges said was a healthcare business in Tauranga. Garner revealed the owners are also members of the Exclusive Brethren, a religious sect who controversially spent more than $1 million of their own money trying to get National elected in 2005. Nicky Hager’s book The Hollow Men detailed how the National Party worked with the Brethren behind the scenes, while publicly denying it.

Mr Bridges said he didn’t know the company had Brethren links, even though he’s been to the company’s premises.

I concluded earlier that cabinet club or cathedral club donations are collected centrally, recorded in the party’s annual return and then distributed out to the local electorates.  Putting it on Bridges’ return was pretty sloppy.

This is further embarrassment for Bridges.  I suspect that he is starting to develop a nervous twitch at the mention of the word leak.  How he handles the release of the leak inquiry this week will be a real test.  If the rumours are correct he will have a major mess to deal with.  And a caucus that is turning feral on him.

107 comments on “National leaks again ”

  1. Cinny 1

    Re the donations listed incorrectly…..when in doubt, call it a clerical error and blame the admin staff, that’s how a bad boss rolls.

    Fun fact, admin staff check and double check important work, if errors are spotted they usually go directly to the boss to clarify it, as it’s their neck on the line.
    Write it like this the boss says…. ummm but it’s wrong says admin….oh that’s ok says the boss, no one will pick it up…. and when you do as instructed, even if it’s the wrong instructions what happens when someone else spots the error…. admin gets the blame, even if they have followed the bosses instructions to the letter.

    see ya simon.

    Side note… I wonder if the next preferred PM poll will have Winston on a higher percentage than simon.

    • Almost a foregone conclusion.

      And while Soimon was a wee nipper in nappies, – both Winston Peters and Jim Anderton were the only really stiff opposition to the neo liberal cabal. And not once did they cave. Also ,- Mr Peters was a successful Foreign Minister at a critical time and was widely held in esteem here and overseas. As well as being an equally successful Deputy PM and Acting PM under this govt.

      What has Soimon ever done but rant like a two year old as he did on Campbell Live that time… and about a leak of information that was to be disclosed in three days anyway… what a plonker.

  2. chris73 2

    Well the better play from National would be to let Bridges stumble on for another year to year and a half and then install a new leader

    That way the new leader can be seen to be a fresh, new start and still have enough time left for everyone to forget about the previous leader

    • mickysavage 2.1

      I get the feeling this is a race between the release of the leak inquiry result and the toppling of Bridges as leader.

    • Gosman 2.2

      You mean do a Jacinda?

      • chris73 2.2.1

        Yeah sort of, like bring in a new, fresh face and then voters can compare it to the previous leader and if the previous leader wasn’t liked (and Bridges isn’t) then the new leader will probably get a decent bump

        Plus the later you do it the less time voters have to see if the new leader is up to it or not so I’d advise National not to panic and hold fire until later in the election cycle

        I’d also advise them to keep on undermining NZFirst support (ie gun rights and Thar hunts) and keep reiterating that a vote for NZFirst is a vote for Labour because NZFirst only have to lose a couple of percent and they’ll be out

      • Gabby 2.2.2

        Who’s their Jacinda gozzer? Who d’you reckon could best fake empathy?

        • Gosman 2.2.2.1

          Jacinda’s strength is not empathy. It is charisma. In fact when when she attempts empathy it comes across badly (in my opinion). In relation to National party rivals I would have argued Nikki Kaye until quite recently. However they might not go for a Jacinda like figure. It may very well be time to roll out “The Crusher”. She would at least make a stark contrast with Jacinda and could score some hits.

    • Robert Guyton 2.3

      “Well the better play from National would be to let Bridges stumble on for another year to year and a half”
      Chris73, have you considered what that will do to National’s credibility and reputation? Don’t you think New Zealanders will become a little disenchanted with a party that “stumbles on (and on and on)”?
      In any case, moot point, it’ll be over soon.

      • chris73 2.3.1

        I have considered it and I think the party support will still be there so its worth the gamble. Bring in a new leader too soon and you risk losing the momentum a new leader can bring.

        • Robert Guyton 2.3.1.1

          Leave Bridges in and have the rest of National’s caucus paint on their happy, wouldn’t hurt a fly faces every morning? People are feeling the vibe and it ain’t something the Beach Boys would sing about.

          • chris73 2.3.1.1.1

            Yeah but after hes gone he’ll be forgotten rather quickly so give the new leader 6 months to a year and it’ll be game on

          • Gosman 2.3.1.1.2

            Was that meant to be some kind of joke Robert?

            • WILD KATIPO 2.3.1.1.2.1

              No but National and Bridges have become one.

              • chris73

                You’re half right, Nationals on 45% so not a joke at all

                • With no support party’s so no cigar there , either…

                  • chris73

                    No cigar but not a joke either and if NZFirst stays below the threshold (they’re currently on 3.3%) by National targeting NZFirst then the next election could get very interesting indeed

                    • Always looks fine on paper but when elections happen we all know that generally the main party’s rise above the polls ratings. And esp NZ First , – soars past the 5% threshold needed. And it appears they’ve ( National ) already tried to target NZ First’s leader and that turned out to be a real embarrassment for them…

                      And they still lost.

                      And they haven’t got any friends. They’ve blown it with Peters repeatedly , Peters doesn’t like the far right elements in National, and he certainly doesn’t take kindly to the kind of snide comments made from that party about him. And so National , again, will be cigar – less.

                    • chris73

                      They do soar in except for when they don’t (1999 and 2008) However I’d suggest that in 2017 a large percentage of their votes were from right leaning voters wanting NZFirst to “reign in” National so theres quite a few NZFirst supporters that won’t be pleased with the way Winston went so they’ll either vote National or they won’t vote at all so unless NZFirst can win an electorate seat we might not see them back again

                    • Tricledrown

                      So wouldn’t it be a better strategy to build Bridges with nz first rather than destroy them.

                    • chris73

                      If Winstons in charge then no its a waste of time but if Winstons not in charge and someone else is then yes definitely

                    • Kevin

                      If I remember correctly the polling taken of the NZF voters post election showed a comfortable majority of them wanting Winnie to go with Labour.

                    • chris73

                      They are currently polling 3.3% and while its a long ways to go any missing voters is hugely detrimental in that situation

        • Liberal Realist 2.3.1.2

          chris73 do you really think the Nats have the sort of patience required to sit it out? Somehow I doubt it! Anyway I like your strategy – Bridges is the gift that keeps on giving…

          As for a new leader for the Nats, who do you think that might be? From where I sit their leadership talent ‘pool’ is as shallow as a puddle, and that shallow puddle evaporates rapidly with a few minutes of sunlight!

  3. Gosman 3

    Why do people have a problem with the Exclusive Brethren giving donations to political parties and/or candidates? They are not breaking any laws here.

    • mickysavage 3.1

      You will have to ask National that. They went to extreme steps to deny that they were receiving help and assistance from EB in 2005.

      • Gosman 3.1.1

        2005 is not 2017. The electoral finance laws are different for one thing. Simon Bridges explanation for receiving the funds is completely understandable. He does not care about the religious denomination of people or organisations that give donations. Do you think he should?

        • cleangreen 3.1.1.1

          Gosman,

          We all know you are a died in the wool tory but you even have to now realise that Simon Bridges is a loser; – period!!!!

          He talks fumbling and in-coherent and without a forceful character much like a Sunday school teacher.

          So bloody UN-inspiring he his and so bloody boring ‘to boot’.

          it was mooted that Mark Mitchell is about to show his bid to take over the Natioal party soon. https://markmitchell.national.org.nz/

          • Gosman 3.1.1.1.1

            I don’t vote National nor think Simon Bridges is an effective leader of that party so don’t see how you can claim I’m a ‘died (sic) in the wool tory (sic)’. I actually called Bridge’s an idiot on on this very site shortly after he became National leader.

            • Ngungukai 3.1.1.1.1.1

              Leave Bridges in place, National will get hammered in the 2020 Election, then start off fresh after the 2020 Election, with a fresh new face ?

            • Tricledrown 3.1.1.1.1.2

              You speak out of both sides gosman.
              You are aping Mathew Hooton.
              Trying to have a bet both ways.
              When you claim you are an ACT supporter/Fringe lunatic political science 101?

            • cleangreen 3.1.1.1.1.3

              Bugger I missed that point Ngungukai, 100%

              Sorry for calling you a ‘died in the wool tory’ Gosman,

              We hope you are more like we are a self thinker that selectively prefers any party going forward to give us all a go, as NZF/Labour combo seem to be going forward as plotting.

              They are making mistakes, and i jump on them for their errors as well and we should always be watching their actions.

              A professor of a University in ‘New England” (Boston) once i remember sat on a beach in (St Johns( on the Virgin Islands talking to our family in 1987 about preserving our democracy and he said “The price of freedom and democracy is constant vigilance” he said one of the founding presidents used that phrase.

              So we do a public service by keeping a ‘constant vigilance’ eye on politicians no matter the party they are.

          • mary_a 3.1.1.1.2

            Cleangreen (3.1.1.1) … well I guess ex mercenary Mitchell expecting to make a bid for Bridges job, is a good fit for Natz.

            • cleangreen 3.1.1.1.2.1

              Yes mary_A

              Mark Mitchell is ex military and was apparently also a ”mercenary” (hired gun) too!!!!!!

              Takes me back to the movie “Shane” and Bridges was a weakling farmer when the hired gun (Jack Palance) came to town and gunned down a slow gun drawing sheep farmer.

              Shane ‘number two’ coming along soon.

              Here is a likeness of Simon Bridges walking into his trap.

    • Cinny 3.2

      bretho’s don’t let their parish vote, but they are happy to donate the parishioners money to a political party in an attempt to influence government. Kind of a contradiction.

      Ironic in a way, maybe the votes would help more than the money.

      • woodart 3.2.1

        its exceptionally hypocritical ,and immoral to deny your flock voting rights, then use the dosh fleeced off them to try and buy political influence. wars have been fought (and won) over this sort of shonky behaviour…

    • Delia 3.3

      They do not vote but are seen as helping fund the party they regard as the most socially conservative in NZ, compared with Labour. I could care less, but this is why it has been commented on in the past.

      • Gosman 3.3.1

        That is their right. There is nothing wrong about it. It might be odd but frankly if oddness precluded people giving donations there would be a fair few left wingers that would be included in that group.

        • Robert Guyton 3.3.1.1

          I think it’s wonderful that the Exclusive Brethren are again in the news for their behind-the-scenes involvement with the National Party.

          • Gosman 3.3.1.1.1

            So you just care that it is perceived to be a bad thing rather than whether or not it is one.

            • Gabby 3.3.1.1.1.1

              It’d be easier to determine that if it were a bit less behind the scenes wouldn’t it gozzer.

            • WILD KATIPO 3.3.1.1.1.2

              May have more to do with their name… ‘Exclusive Brethren’.

              As such they are not known for being particularly open to others and differ from many churches in they are directly ‘ political’ and influence behind the scenes whereas most churches are apolitical , do not usually advise their congregations on who they should vote for , and certainly are more open / honest about where their donations go to.

              Hence the book ‘ The Hollow Men ‘ .

            • bwaghorn 3.3.1.1.1.3

              What s good about a bunch of drunken bible thumpers who are into woman repression funding a brought and paid for political party??

    • AB 3.4

      People are judged by the company they keep.
      Though I am not all surprised that a far right, authoritarian, patriarchal cult with a record of splitting families has a preference for the National Party.
      Mere legality is not a sufficient test of what is right and wrong – I’m aware you are smart enough to know this, but also partisan enough to overlook it when it’s convenient to do so.

    • Tricledrown 3.5

      Gosman the Exclusive Brethren were prosecuted for money laundering aus$88 million dollars for use in political influencing some of which was used to fund the National Party.
      The exclusive Bretherton have a child sexual abuse rate of 27%, more than 2x the Catholic Church 4 1/2 times the General population.
      A Cult whose leaders have links to white supremacist groups in the US.
      Women are subjugated marriages arranged.
      If you want to leave the cult your assets are withheld.
      Maybe you should join Gosman sounds like your cup of tea Woops they have very high rates of alcoholism as well.
      National moral high ground is a natural fit
      Don Brashes mates

  4. Dorothy Bulling 4

    With the party behind him as Bridges claims in this article, he should develop very quickly, eyes in the back of his head, or he might be the victim of an ‘et tu, Brute’ moment.

  5. Clive Macann 5

    ” We’re the most popularly supported political party in New Zealand under my leadership,” says Simon. TRUE. But you are the “only” political party in New Zealand under your leadership. If leadership is what you want to call it.

  6. ankerawshark 6

    He’s toast…………………………

  7. Treetop 7

    I wonder who they have lined up.

    I find that Bridges admits that National dropped the ball once Labour has a smarter or better fix than National had. Then Bridges says he is now the leader which I take to mean he can do better than the previous leader/leaders

    Remind me English left of his own choosing, yeah right!

    Labour had leadership hiccups and now National have the hiccups.

  8. Tricledrown 8

    Bridges is a Drone no charisma barks at every car.
    A boring nag.

  9. JessNZ 9

    We just got delivered a shiny paper newsletter from the local MP Simon O’Connor including a wee puff piece on Bridges as the new leader – will be amusingly awkward if Bridges is rolled before some people even get to read the news 🙂

  10. greywarshark 10

    The Standard is named this morning as being part of a leak against Shearer and partly responsible for him being brought down in Radionz discussion on Bridges rating in polls. This by Stephen Mills – and the other commenter is Trish Sherson.

    (Stephen Mills is the executive director of UMR Research and former political adviser to two Labour governments and
    Trish Sherson is from corporate affairs firm Sherson Willis, and a former ACT press secretary.)

  11. R.P Mcmurphy 11

    wackamole!
    hehehehe.

  12. Sacha 12

    What were the Nats hoping to find by extending their internal leak inquiry back to the time of English’s demise?

  13. ankerawshark 13

    Grey what was the leak against Shearer? That he was standing down?

    • Fireblade 14.1

      Newshub are just laughing at the National Party now. From the above link:

      Is it Judith Collins, the veteran rabble-rouser who would shift the party harder to the right?

      Or Mark Mitchell, the ex-private soldier who fought – and maybe killed – enemies in Iraq?

      Or do you think it’s time for Paula Bennett to finally make the leap from deputy to leader?

      Chris Bishop – could he be the first millennial Prime Minister?

      • Tricledrown 14.1.1

        Collins at 35% 3×+ anyone else in the contest.
        Bridges has got to be worried.
        The convoluted lame excuses and hiding Jamie Lee Ross away from interviews a cunning move.
        But new leaks undermine his spin.
        National used to to all their dirty laundry behind closed doors.
        Now it’s ugly and open.
        Collins is running out of time to take over leadership it’s now or never.
        Bennett is finished Bridges is holding on by his fingernails.

      • woodart 14.1.2

        follow the money…natz get big yen from china now…..

  14. ianmac 15

    Who would actually want the Leadership role for National just now?

    Sure National is high on the polls but not much hope of winning without a viable partner.
    Timing is everything for Leadership and remember Bridges won the leadership by popular Caucus vote. Same again?

  15. Here’s one for Soimon. Putting out fires with gasoline… from offshore drilling rigs, perhaps…

    And isn’t that Jaguar something else??- wow ! Magnificent !!!

    David Bowie – Cat People (Putting Out Fire) Music Video HQ – YouTube

  16. Carolyn_Nth 17

    RNZ reporter has tweeted that Bridges is doing a stand up at 1pm to announce the leak enquiry results

    https://twitter.com/jo_moir/status/1051610128363868160

  17. Carolyn_Nth 18

    Jo Moir of RNZ, has just reported on comments to her from a Nat Party “insider” about Bridges amended election donation return. It’s all looking like a nothing to see here from the “insider”

    https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/political/368688/simon-bridges-amended-electoral-donation-return-insider-claims

    A spokesperson for the party declined to answer questions about the club but did attribute the donation error to the local Tauranga electoral committee.

    “In the process of preparing both the local candidate and party returns, as required by the Electoral Act, two donations were incorrectly attributed to Mr Bridges’ candidate return by the local Tauranga Electorate Committee,” a National Party spokesman said.

    “This error was discovered soon after lodging the candidate return, and the Electoral Commission was contacted immediately to seek advice.

    “Acting on that advice Mr Bridges’ candidate return was amended, and then re-submitted to the Electoral Commission for publication,” he said.

    It’s understood the Cathedral Club is a new name for the former Cabinet Clubs where local business people host MPs and pay to hear about their politics.

    Mr Bridges’ Facebook page shows a photo of him with Cubro Limited chief executive Logan Currie and company founder Lin Currie at the business in Tauranga in 2016.

  18. Carolyn_Nth 19

    An interesting twitter threat by Reed Fleming (images at the link):

    https://twitter.com/reedfleming/status/1051595597231181825

    This morning, @simonjbridges was asked if he knew the Currie brothers, who run the company Cubro which donated $14,000 to him which he then hid in National Party election returns. “Do you know the Currie brothers?” “Not at all” Here he is with Logan Currie opening his office:

    Then he was asked if the National Party received money from Exclusive Brethren. Cubro donated him $14,000. Cubro is run by Logan Currie – the same Logan Currie who is the Managing Director of One School Global – a Brethren School.

    Here he is, again, with Logan Currie. Remember this morning when asked if they knew each other Bridges said “not at all”.

    Westmouth is a school run by the Exclusive Brethren (side note: the school was involved in a tax battle between the Brethren and IRD in 2016). I’m sure it’s purely a coincidence that students from the Brethren School visited Cubro to make them smoothies:

    Spoiler: it’s not a coincidence. The CEO, the CFO, the Procurement Officer, the Business Development Manager and their Equipment Manager (and I’m sure others) all worked for, were on the management committee of, or attended Westmount School – the Exclusive Brethren’s school.

    Of course, there is nothing wrong with taking money from the Exclusive Brethren, except… 1) Bridges exploited a loophole to hide the donation (see: https://www.pundit.co.nz/content/you-cant-have-it-both-ways …) 2) Bridges lied about not knowing donor 3) Bridges probably lied about not knowing their links to Church

    Now I have to go do some work, but while we are talking about that trainwreck interview on the AM Show and Simon Bridge’s donations… Someone should ask Bridges and David Farrar why this photo of a Cathedral Club meeting was deleted from KiwiBlog this morning.

  19. Carolyn_Nth 20

    Live on RNZ – JLR it is

    https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/368692/live-simon-bridges-talks-national-leak-inquiry

    Update: SB: “Suspension is an option”

  20. Dennis Frank 21

    Bridges just announced that the report author found “on the balance of probabilities” that Jamie Lee Ross was the leaker. Said he went with Paula to tell him that & notify him that the Nat caucus was meeting tomorrow to discuss the report finding. [RNZ news heard live]

  21. OnceWasTim 22

    But awwwwwe, ultimately Jamie-Lee has a noice we dimple chin going forwid.
    Soimun also apparently ‘evinced’ some other stuff in his press release as an all-together member of an opposition prosecuting its cause

    FARK me with a feather duster!
    Nu Zull
    Poltiks
    ………… and the state of what’s left of what is supposedly an ‘opposition’
    burp
    a supposed 4th Estate burp
    then a Jude,
    then a Bennett ffs!
    next next
    nek minik

    You’d think the battle against all this muppetry should be a breeze. It’s never been harder with all that’s left of the traditional institutions of a functioning democratic state.

    At least we aren’t Stray-ya

  22. mary_a 23

    When it was announced Jami-Lee Ross will be taking leave for health reasons, not so long ago, Simon Bridges was most adamant Ross’s leave had absolutely nothing to do with the inquiry into the leaking of his expenses!

    However that rather rushed claim has now been proven otherwise, according to today’s release of the results of the inquiry into the leak.

    And now we have JLR claiming it wasn’t him!

    This one is going to be interesting.

    • Treetop 23.1

      A timeline is good for establishing manipulation and strategy.

      I would like to know if Bridges had updates into who was the probable leader.

      JLR’s hand may reveal a stoush between him and Bridges over an unknown matter or a matter connected to the expenses which JLR knows was not included.

      There may be more than one leaker and JLR could be involved indirectly.

      I need to know other than the National caucus who had the details of Bridges expenses that were leaked. I would not exclude the expenses being more than what they are claimed to be.

  23. Tricledrown 24

    Jamie Lee Ross hung out to dry.
    The plot thickens.
    Siomon’s planking desperation more leaks time is running out sharks circling as Bridges support within National must drying up.
    Alienating one of his top young turks will have added fuel to the flames.
    JLR has friends in high places.
    Bridges doesn’t seem to understand that.
    National will not want a lame(excuses) duck leader going into the new year.
    A clean slate for the new year will give Judith Collins the leadership she can land blows and make them stick. The arrogant school boy will be history.

  24. Jimmy 25

    But who would want to lead National now!!!!!

  25. Macro 26

    I get the impression that within National’s ranks civil war is erupting.

  26. Kahu 27

    Once again National gets outed as a front for the Exclusive Brethren Cult which hides behind it’s status as a church to avoid paying taxes on it’s profit-making endeavours. If the National Party is not totally controlled by E.B. there is at a least a faction of the party operating as pointmen for the cult which have Simon Bridges as their appointed/anointed one and/or E.B. cultists have engaged in a ‘Trotskyist’-type entryism/infiltration of the Party. Some investigative reporter such as Nicky Hagar needs to do an in-depth analysis into the extent of EB ties/infiltration/membership of the party. Though the cult is small (but wealthy) nationally, I’m pretty sure you’d find a much larger % of EB as National Party members than their national % as a cult.

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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    23 hours ago
  • Lester's Prescription – Positive Bleeding.

    I live my life (woo-ooh-ooh)With no control in my destinyYea-yeah, yea-yeah (woo-ooh-ooh)I can bleed when I want to bleedSo come on, come on (woo-ooh-ooh)You can bleed when you want to bleedYea-yeah, come on (woo-ooh-ooh)Everybody bleed when they want to bleedCome on and bleedGovernments face tough challenges. Selling unpopular decisions to ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 day ago
  • Casey Costello gaslights Labour in the House

    Please note:To skip directly to the- parliamentary footage in the video, scroll to 1:21 To skip to audio please click on the headphone icon on the left hand side of the screenThis video / audio section is under development. ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    1 day ago
  • Gordon Campbell on a textbook case of spending waste by the Luxon government

    Given the crackdown on wasteful government spending, it behooves me to point to a high profile example of spending by the Luxon government that looks like a big, fat waste of time and money. I’m talking about the deployment of NZDF personnel to support the US-led coalition in the Red ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    1 day ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Wednesday, July 24

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 7:40 am on Wednesday, July 24 are:Deep Dive: Chipping away at the housing crisis, including my comments RNZ/Newsroom’s The DetailNews: Government softens on asset sales, ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 day ago
  • LXR Takaanini

    As I reported about the city centre, Auckland’s rail network is also going through a difficult and disruptive period which is rapidly approaching a culmination, this will result in a significant upgrade to the whole network. Hallelujah. Also like the city centre this is an upgrade predicated on the City ...
    Greater AucklandBy Patrick Reynolds
    1 day ago
  • Four kilograms of pain

    Today, a 4 kilogram report will be delivered to Parliament. We know this is what the report of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in State and Faith-based Care weighs, because our Prime Minister told us so.Some reporter had blindsided him by asking a question about something done by ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 day ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Wednesday, July 24

    TL;DR: As of 7:00 am on Wednesday, July 24, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:Beehive: Transport Minister Simeon Brown announced plans to use PPPs to fund, build and run a four-lane expressway between Auckland ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 day ago
  • Luxon gets caught out

    NewstalkZB host Mike Hosking, who can usually be relied on to give Prime Minister Christopher Luxon an easy run, did not do so yesterday when he interviewed him about the HealthNZ deficit. Luxon is trying to use a deficit reported last year by HealthNZ as yet another example of the ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 day ago
  • A worrying sign

    Back in January a StatsNZ employee gave a speech at Rātana on behalf of tangata whenua in which he insulted and criticised the government. The speech clearly violated the principle of a neutral public service, and StatsNZ started an investigation. Part of that was getting an external consultant to examine ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Are we fine with 47.9% home-ownership by 2048?

    Renting for life: Shared ownership initiatives are unlikely to slow the slide in home ownership by much. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy today are:A Deloitte report for Westpac has projected Aotearoa’s home-ownership rate will ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • Let's Win This

    You're broken down and tiredOf living life on a merry go roundAnd you can't find the fighterBut I see it in you so we gonna walk it outAnd move mountainsWe gonna walk it outAnd move mountainsAnd I'll rise upI'll rise like the dayI'll rise upI'll rise unafraidI'll rise upAnd I'll ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 days ago
  • Waimahara: The Singing Spirit of Water

    There’s been a change in Myers Park. Down the steps from St. Kevin’s Arcade, past the grassy slopes, the children’s playground, the benches and that goat statue, there has been a transformation. The underpass for Mayoral Drive has gone from a barren, grey, concrete tunnel, to a place that thrums ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    2 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Tuesday, July 23

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 7:00 am on Tuesday, July 23 are:Deep Dive: Penlink: where tolling rhetoric meets reality BusinessDesk-$$$’s Oliver LewisScoop: Te Pūkenga plans for regional polytechs leak out ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Tuesday, July 23

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Tuesday, July 23, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:Health: Shane Reti announced the Board of Te Whatu Ora- Health New Zealand was being replaced with Commissioner Lester Levy ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • HealthNZ and Luxon at cross purposes over budget blowout

    Health NZ warned the Government at the end of March that it was running over Budget. But the reasons it gave were very different to those offered by the Prime Minister yesterday. Prime Minister Christopher Luxon blamed the “botched merger” of the 20 District Health Boards (DHBs) to create Health ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    2 days ago
  • 2500-3000 more healthcare staff expected to be fired, as Shane Reti blames Labour for a budget defic...

    Long ReadKey Summary: Although National increased the health budget by $1.4 billion in May, they used an old funding model to project health system costs, and never bothered to update their pre-election numbers. They were told during the Health Select Committees earlier in the year their budget amount was deficient, ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    2 days ago
  • Might Kamala Harris be about to get a 'stardust' moment like Jacinda Ardern?

    As a momentous, historic weekend in US politics unfolded, analysts and commentators grasped for precedents and comparisons to help explain the significance and power of the choice Joe Biden had made. The 46th president had swept the Democratic party’s primaries but just over 100 days from the election had chosen ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    3 days ago
  • Solutions Interview: Steven Hail on MMT & ecological economics

    TL;DR: I’m casting around for new ideas and ways of thinking about Aotearoa’s political economy to find a few solutions to our cascading and self-reinforcing housing, poverty and climate crises.Associate Professor runs an online masters degree in the economics of sustainability at Torrens University in Australia and is organising ...
    The KakaBy Steven Hail
    3 days ago
  • Reported back

    The Finance and Expenditure Committee has reported back on National's Local Government (Water Services Preliminary Arrangements) Bill. The bill sets up water for privatisation, and was introduced under urgency, then rammed through select committee with no time even for local councils to make a proper submission. Naturally, national's select committee ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Vandrad the Viking, Christopher Coombes, and Literary Archaeology

    Some years ago, I bought a book at Dunedin’s Regent Booksale for $1.50. As one does. Vandrad the Viking (1898), by J. Storer Clouston, is an obscure book these days – I cannot find a proper online review – but soon it was sitting on my shelf, gathering dust alongside ...
    3 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell On The Biden Withdrawal

    History is not on the side of the centre-left, when Democratic presidents fall behind in the polls and choose not to run for re-election. On both previous occasions in the past 75 years (Harry Truman in 1952, Lyndon Johnson in 1968) the Democrats proceeded to then lose the White House ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    3 days ago
  • Joe Biden's withdrawal puts the spotlight back on Kamala and the USA's complicated relatio...

    This is a free articleCoverageThis morning, US President Joe Biden announced his withdrawal from the Presidential race. And that is genuinely newsworthy. Thanks for your service, President Biden, and all the best to you and yours.However, the media in New Zealand, particularly the 1News nightly bulletin, has been breathlessly covering ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    3 days ago
  • Why we have to challenge our national fiscal assumptions

    A homeless person’s camp beside a blocked-off slipped damage walkway in Freeman’s Bay: we are chasing our tail on our worsening and inter-related housing, poverty and climate crises. Photo: Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Existential Crisis and Damaged Brains

    What has happened to it all?Crazy, some'd sayWhere is the life that I recognise?(Gone away)But I won't cry for yesterdayThere's an ordinary worldSomehow I have to findAnd as I try to make my wayTo the ordinary worldYesterday morning began as many others - what to write about today? I began ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • A speed limit is not a target, and yet…

    This is a guest post from longtime supporter Mr Plod, whose previous contributions include a proposal that Hamilton become New Zealand’s capital city, and that we should switch which side of the road we drive on. A recent Newsroom article, “Back to school for the Govt’s new speed limit policy“, ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    3 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Monday, July 22

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 7:00 am on Monday, July 22 are:Today’s Must Read: Father and son live in a tent, and have done for four years, in a million ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Monday, July 22

    TL;DR: As of 7:00 am on Monday, July 22, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:US President Joe Biden announced via X this morning he would not stand for a second term.Multinational professional services firm ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #29

    A listing of 32 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, July 14, 2024 thru Sat, July 20, 2024. Story of the week As reflected by preponderance of coverage, our Story of the Week is Project 2025. Until now traveling ...
    4 days ago
  • I'd like to share what I did this weekend

    This weekend, a friend pointed out someone who said they’d like to read my posts, but didn’t want to pay. And my first reaction was sympathy.I’ve already told folks that if they can’t comfortably subscribe, and would like to read, I’d be happy to offer free subscriptions. I don’t want ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    4 days ago
  • For the children – Why mere sentiment can be a misleading force in our lives, and lead to unex...

    National: The Party of ‘Law and Order’ IntroductionThis weekend, the Government formally kicked off one of their flagship policy programs: a military style boot camp that New Zealand has experimented with over the past 50 years. Cartoon credit: Guy BodyIt’s very popular with the National Party’s Law and Order image, ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    4 days ago
  • A friend in uncertain times

    Day one of the solo leg of my long journey home begins with my favourite sound: footfalls in an empty street. 5.00 am and it’s already light and already too warm, almost.If I can make the train that leaves Budapest later this hour I could be in Belgrade by nightfall; ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • The Chaotic World of Male Diet Influencers

    Hi,We’ll get to the horrific world of male diet influencers (AKA Beefy Boys) shortly, but first you will be glad to know that since I sent out the Webworm explaining why the assassination attempt on Donald Trump was not a false flag operation, I’ve heard from a load of people ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    4 days ago
  • It's Starting To Look A Lot Like… Y2K

    Do you remember Y2K, the threat that hung over humanity in the closing days of the twentieth century? Horror scenarios of planes falling from the sky, electronic payments failing and ATMs refusing to dispense cash. As for your VCR following instructions and recording your favourite show - forget about it.All ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • Bernard’s Saturday Soliloquy for the week to July 20

    Climate Change Minister Simon Watts being questioned by The Kākā’s Bernard Hickey.TL;DR: My top six things to note around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the week to July 20 were:1. A strategy that fails Zero Carbon Act & Paris targetsThe National-ACT-NZ First Coalition Government finally unveiled ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Pharmac Director, Climate Change Commissioner, Health NZ Directors – The latest to quit this m...

    Summary:As New Zealand loses at least 12 leaders in the public service space of health, climate, and pharmaceuticals, this month alone, directly in response to the Government’s policies and budget choices, what lies ahead may be darker than it appears. Tui examines some of those departures and draws a long ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    6 days ago
  • Flooding Housing Policy

    The Minister of Housing’s ambition is to reduce markedly the ratio of house prices to household incomes. If his strategy works it would transform the housing market, dramatically changing the prospects of housing as an investment.Leaving aside the Minister’s metaphor of ‘flooding the market’ I do not see how the ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    6 days ago
  • A Voyage Among the Vandals: Accepted (Again!)

    As previously noted, my historical fantasy piece, set in the fifth-century Mediterranean, was accepted for a Pirate Horror anthology, only for the anthology to later fall through. But in a good bit of news, it turned out that the story could indeed be re-marketed as sword and sorcery. As of ...
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Friday, July 19

    An employee of tobacco company Philip Morris International demonstrates a heated tobacco device. Photo: Getty ImagesTL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy on Friday, July 19 are:At a time when the Coalition Government is cutting spending on health, infrastructure, education, housing ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Friday, July 19

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 8:30 am on Friday, July 19 are:Scoop: NZ First Minister Casey Costello orders 50% cut to excise tax on heated tobacco products. The minister has ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 19-July-2024

    Kia ora, it’s time for another Friday roundup, in which we pull together some of the links and stories that caught our eye this week. Feel free to add more in the comments! Our header image this week shows a foggy day in Auckland town, captured by Patrick Reynolds. ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    6 days ago
  • Weekly Climate Wrap: A market-led plan for failure

    TL;DR : Here’s the top six items climate news for Aotearoa this week, as selected by Bernard Hickey and The Kākā’s climate correspondent Cathrine Dyer. A discussion recorded yesterday is in the video above and the audio of that sent onto the podcast feed.The Government released its draft Emissions Reduction ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Tobacco First

    Save some money, get rich and old, bring it back to Tobacco Road.Bring that dynamite and a crane, blow it up, start all over again.Roll up. Roll up. Or tailor made, if you prefer...Whether you’re selling ciggies, digging for gold, catching dolphins in your nets, or encouraging folks to flutter ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • Trump’s Adopted Son.

    Waiting In The Wings: For truly, if Trump is America’s un-assassinated Caesar, then J.D. Vance is America’s Octavian, the Republic’s youthful undertaker – and its first Emperor.DONALD TRUMP’S SELECTION of James D. Vance as his running-mate bodes ill for the American republic. A fervent supporter of Viktor Orban, the “illiberal” prime ...
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Friday, July 19

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Friday, July 19, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:The PSA announced the Employment Relations Authority (ERA) had ruled in the PSA’s favour in its case against the Ministry ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The Hoon around the week to July 19

    TL;DR: The podcast above of the weekly ‘hoon’ webinar for paying subscribers last night features co-hosts and talking with:The Kākā’s climate correspondent talking about the National-ACT-NZ First Government’s release of its first Emissions Reduction Plan;University of Otago Foreign Relations Professor and special guest Dr Karin von ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #29 2024

    Open access notables Improving global temperature datasets to better account for non-uniform warming, Calvert, Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society: To better account for spatial non-uniform trends in warming, a new GITD [global instrumental temperature dataset] was created that used maximum likelihood estimation (MLE) to combine the land surface ...
    7 days ago
  • We're back again! Join us for the weekly Hoon on YouTube Live

    Photo by Gabriel Crismariu on UnsplashWe’re back again after our mid-winter break. We’re still with the ‘new’ day of the week (Thursday rather than Friday) when we have our ‘hoon’ webinar with paying subscribers to The Kākā for an hour at 5 pm.Jump on this link on YouTube Livestream for ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 days ago
  • Gut Reactions.

    Trump Writes His Own Story: Would the “mainstream” media even try to reflect the horrified reaction of the MAGA crowd to the pop-pop-pop of the would-be assassin’s rifle, and Trump going down? Could it even grasp the sheer elation of the rally-goers seeing their champion rise up and punch the air, still alive, ...
    7 days ago
  • Dodging Bullets.

    Fight! Fight! Fight! Had the assassin’s bullet found its mark and killed Donald Trump, America’s descent into widespread and murderous violence – possibly spiralling-down into civil war – would have been immediate and quite possibly irreparable. The American Republic, upon whose survival liberty and democracy continue to depend, is certainly not ...
    7 days ago
  • 'Corruption First' Strikes Again

    There comes a point in all our lives when we must stop to say, “Enough is enough. We know what’s happening. We are not as stupid or as ignorant as you believe us to be. And making policies that kill or harm our people is not acceptable, Ministers.”Plausible deniability has ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    7 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy today are:The inside stories of KiwiRail’s iRex debacle, Westport’s perma-delayed flood scheme and Christchurch’s post-quake sewer rebuild, which assumed no population growth, show just how deeply sceptical senior officials in Treasury, the Ministry of ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • What's that Jack Black?

    Ah-rah, deeSoo-guh-goo-gee-goo-geeGoo-guh fli-goo gee-gooGuh fli-goo, ga-goo-buh-deeOoh, guh-goo-beeOoh-guh-guh-bee-guh-guh-beeFli-goo gee-gooA-fliguh woo-wa mama Lucifer!I’m about ready to move on, how about you?Not from the shooting, that’s bad and we definitely shouldn’t have that. But the rehabilitation of Donald J Trump? The deification of Saint Donald? As the Great Unifier?Gimme a bucket.https://yellowscene.com/2024/04/07/trump-as-jesus/Just to re-iterate, ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • June 2024: Earth’s 13th-consecutive warmest month on record

    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Jeff Masters and Bob Henson June 2024 was Earth’s warmest June since global record-keeping began in 1850 and was the planet’s 13th consecutive warmest month on record, NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information, or NCEI, reported July 12. As opposed to being focused in ...
    1 week ago
  • Connecting the dots and filling the gaps in our bike network

    This is a guest post by Shaun Baker on the importance of filling the gaps in our cycling networks. It originally appeared on his blog Multimodal Adventures, and is re-posted here with kind permission. In our towns and cities in Aotearoa New Zealand, there are areas in our cycling networks ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    1 week ago
  • Webworm Down Under Photos!

    Hi,I wanted to share a few thoughts and photos from the Webworm popup and Tickled screening we held in Auckland, New Zealand last weekend.In short — it was a blast. I mean, I had a blast and I hope any of you that came also had a blast.An old friend ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 6:30 am on Thursday, July 18 are:News: Christchurch's sewer systems block further housing developments RNZ’s Niva ChittockAnalysis: Interislander: Treasury, MoT officials' mistrust of KiwiRail led ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Thursday, July 18, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:Verbatim: Climate Change Minister Simon Watts held a news conference in Auckland to release the Government’s Emissions Reduction Plan, including ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • The politics of managed retreat

    Climate change deniers are now challenging the Government over a key climate change adaptation policy. That begs the question of whether New Zealand First will then support Government moves to implement processes to deal with a managed retreat for properties in danger of flooding because of sea level rise and ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 week ago
  • Some changes are coming

    Warm welcome again to those who are here. The Mountain Tui substack was officially started on the 2nd of July. I wrote about what led me here on this post. Since then, it’s been a learning to navigate the platform, get to meet those in the community, and basically be ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    1 week ago
  • About fucking time

    The US Supreme Court has been rogue for years, with openly corrupt judges making the law up as they go to suit themselves, their billionaire buyers, and the Republican Party. But now, in the wake of them granting a licence for tyranny, President Biden is actually going to try and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: False accounting and wishful thinking

    National released their draft 2026-2030 Emissions Reduction Plan today. The plan is required under the Zero Carbon Act, and must set out policies and strategies to meet the relevant emissions budget. Having cancelled all Labour's actually effective climate change policies and crashed the carbon price, National was always going to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The Enemies Of Sunshine And Space.

    Our Houses? The Urban Density debate is a horrible combination of intergenerational avarice and envy, fuelled by the grim certainty that none of the generations coming up after them will ever have it as good as the Boomers. To say that this situation rankles among those born after 1965 is to ...
    1 week ago
  • Still the 5 Eyes Achilles Heel?

    The National Cyber Security Centre (NZSC), a unit in the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) dedicated to cyber-security, has released a Review of its response to the 2021 email hacking of NZ members of the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC, … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Britain's Devastating Electoral Slip.

    Slip-Sliding Away: Labour may now enjoy a dominant position in Britain’s political landscape, but only by virtue of not being swallowed by it.THE BRITISH LABOUR PARTY’S “landslide victory” is nothing of the sort. As most people understand the term, a landslide election victory is one in which the incumbent government, or ...
    1 week ago
  • Gordon Campbell on why right wingers think all governments (including their own) are incompetent

    Since open denial of climate change is no longer a viable political option, denial now comes in disguise. The release this week of the coalition government’s ‘draft emissions reductions plan” shows that the Luxon government is refusing to see the need to cut emissions at source. Instead, it proposes to ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    1 week ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Wednesday, July 17

    TL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy this morning are:Chris Penk is set to roll back building standards for insulation that had only just been put in place, and which had been estimated to save 40% from power costs, after builders ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Open Letter to Pharmac

    All this talk of getting oldIt's getting me down, my loveLike a cat in a bag, waiting to drownThis time I'm coming downAnd I hope you're thinking of meAs you lay down on your sideNow the drugs don't workThey just make you worse but I know I'll see your face ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago

  • Kiwis having their say on first regulatory review

    After receiving more than 740 submissions in the first 20 days, Regulation Minister David Seymour is asking the Ministry for Regulation to extend engagement on the early childhood education regulation review by an extra two weeks.  “The level of interest has been very high, and from the conversations I’ve been ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 hours ago
  • Government upgrading Lower North Island commuter rail

    The Coalition Government is investing $802.9 million into the Wairarapa and Manawatū rail lines as part of a funding agreement with the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA), KiwiRail, and the Greater Wellington and Horizons Regional Councils to deliver more reliable services for commuters in the lower North Island, Transport Minister Simeon ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 hours ago
  • Government moves to ensure flood protection for Wairoa

    Local Government Minister Simeon Brown has announced his intention to appoint a Crown Manager to both Hawke’s Bay Regional and Wairoa District Councils to speed up the delivery of flood protection work in Wairoa."Recent severe weather events in Wairoa this year, combined with damage from Cyclone Gabrielle in 2023 have ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • PM speech to Parliament – Royal Commission of Inquiry’s Report into Abuse in Care

    Mr Speaker, this is a day that many New Zealanders who were abused in State care never thought would come. It’s the day that this Parliament accepts, with deep sorrow and regret, the Report of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in Care.  At the heart of this report are the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    20 hours ago
  • Government acknowledges torture at Lake Alice

    For the first time, the Government is formally acknowledging some children and young people at Lake Alice Psychiatric Hospital experienced torture. The final report of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in State and Faith-based Care “Whanaketia – through pain and trauma, from darkness to light,” was tabled in Parliament ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    20 hours ago
  • Government acknowledges courageous abuse survivors

    The Government has acknowledged the nearly 2,400 courageous survivors who shared their experiences during the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse in State and Faith-Based Care. The final report from the largest and most complex public inquiry ever held in New Zealand, the Royal Commission Inquiry “Whanaketia – through ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    20 hours ago
  • Half a million people use tax calculator

    With a week to go before hard-working New Zealanders see personal income tax relief for the first time in fourteen years, 513,000 people have used the Budget tax calculator to see how much they will benefit, says Finance Minister Nicola Willis.  “Tax relief is long overdue. From next Wednesday, personal income ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    24 hours ago
  • Paid Parental Leave improvements pass first reading

    Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Brooke van Velden says a bill that has passed its first reading will improve parental leave settings and give non-biological parents more flexibility as primary carer for their child. The Regulatory Systems Amendment Bill (No3), passed its first reading this morning. “It includes a change ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Rebuilding the economy through better regulation

    Two Bills designed to improve regulation and make it easier to do business have passed their first reading in Parliament, says Economic Development Minister Melissa Lee. The Regulatory Systems (Economic Development) Amendment Bill and Regulatory Systems (Immigration and Workforce) Amendment Bill make key changes to legislation administered by the Ministry ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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